Primorac: Wenger has no intention of leaving

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Boro Primorac says Arsene Wenger has no intention of leaving Arsenal and labelled those fans and ex-players who are calling for the Frenchman to retire as ‘ungrateful’.

The Gunners have seen their Premier League hopes dashed since the tail-end of 2016 with December defeats at Manchester City and Everton followed more recently by losses to Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool.

A crushing 10-2 Champions League aggregate thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich has further heaped pressure on Wenger whose current contract ends in the summer.

Speaking about the situation, Primorac made clear that his close ally, who has repeatedly said his preference is to stay in N5, won’t be backing down.

“Wenger isn’t considering leaving Arsenal,” he told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List [translated by FourFourTwo Goal.com*].

“Of course it is ugly to lose 5-1 twice in the Champions League, even though it came versus Bayern.

“We understand how fans are not happy, neither are we. But as for critics, there are no less grateful persons in football than fans and ex-players.

“Arsenal’s strength in the past 20 years has been Wenger. It is not all about results, but also the business part of the club that matters.”

The Bosnian-Croat coach, who celebrates his 20th anniversary at the club this month, also dismissed suggestions that he’ll quit the Emirates this summer to take over at Turkish club Konyaspor.

“There’s been many similar stories in the past 20 years since I’ve been working with Wenger. But I will never go to that Turkish club.”

If the club were attempting a subtle PR campaign to soften the prospect of the boss signing a new two-year deal, it appears Boro didn’t get the memo.

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*Usually we try and find the original source and then have a stab at doing our own translation. In this instance, we’ve not been able to find anything on the Jutarnji List website – we’re assuming FourFourTwo got wind of them from a print edition of the paper.

UPDATE – Here’s the original source. Translation was in fact first undertaken by Goal.com’s Croatian editor – here’s their article.

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